Author: Darrell

National commander Reschedule Choice hearing immediately

American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt issued the following statement following the cancellation of Wednesday’s Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing examining the Department of Veterans Affairs Choice Program and the future of care in the community: “The Choice program is critical to the health care of our veterans,” he said. “We respectfully urge the Senate to immediately reschedule the hearing that was cancelled today. Through their service, America’s veterans have earned the right to receive quality and efficient health care, regardless of where they decide to call...

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Attention Veterans Imposter phone line attempting to access credit card information from Choice Program users

Veterans Choice Program phone number is 1-866-606-8198    About the author:  The Veterans Choice Program submitted this article to VAntage Point. VA is taking action in response to a phone line that appears to be set up to take advantage of Veterans who misdial the Veterans Choice Program phone line. The two phone lines differ only in area code. The correct Choice Program phone line is 1-866-606-8198, while the imposter phone line is using 1-800-606-8198. The fake line does not provide information on the Choice Program or its eligibility criteria, instead it claims to offer callers a $100 rebate if they provide a credit card number. VA would never ask Veterans for this information or offer this type of financial incentive through the Choice Program phone line. This potential attempt to impersonate VA’s Veterans Choice Program phone line is being taken very seriously. VA is acting to ensure Veterans are not exploited by getting the word out and also by working with the Office of Inspector General to take legal action and ultimately shut the fake line down. Veterans can tell if they have reached the correct phone line, if the phone line automatically states the caller has reached the “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.”  Please note, the fake line will incorrectly confirm callers have reached the “Veterans Choice Program” if the caller asks this question. If Veterans are unsure if they have reached the correct phone line, they should hang up and make sure they dial 1-866-606-8198 correctly. Please...

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Vietnam-era Vets 50th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

All veterans encouraged to apply to participate in event Originally By: Christy Steadman Revised By: Joel Mendelson, Department of Colorado District 5, Adjutant Darrell Myers, Department Public Relations Chairman and Observer Editor verified all information with Congressmen Perlmutter’s Denver Office on February 17, 2017. Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-7th District, is inviting all Vietnam-era veterans to be honored at a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony on March 24. Per information provided on the direct link for the forms site, if you did not sign up before February 15th, the March 24 ceremony is full. But they have added a second ceremony to be conducted on April 7th. The deadline for applying is still March 1, 2017. All Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are encouraged to participate. The commemoration does not distinguish between veterans who served in-country, in-theater or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. The deadline to fill out the required application for participation in the event is March 1. 2017 All Vietnam-era veterans in Colorado are eligible to receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin, which can be awarded posthumously. For more information or to fill out the application electronically, visit Congressmen Perlmutter Website at www.perlmutter.house.gov.  A direct link to the application is also available: https://form.jotform.com/70095317447155 Additional questions can...

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Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund to Begin Accepting Applications February 1, 2017

Farmer Veteran Coalition Press Release DAVIS, CA (January 26, 2017) – Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embarking on careers in agriculture, announced today the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund will begin accepting applications February 1 for the 2017 award cycle. The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is the largest grant program in the country that provides direct assistance to veterans in agriculture and has awarded more than $1 million since it was established in 2011. “The Fellowship Fund has played a vital role in the success of hundreds of farmer veterans as they establish their farming operations,” said Rachel Petitt, manager of the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. “Whether they’re just getting started, or have been farming for a few years, the fellowship provides farmer veterans with valuable equipment and resources they would not otherwise have access to. We’re excited to begin accepting applications and look forward to awarding as many farmer veterans as possible.” Beginning at 8 a.m. PST on February 1, the 2017 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund application will be posted to the FVC website at www.farmvetco.org. Applicants will have more than six weeks to complete and submit the application. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, March 20. The fellowship awards, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per person, are paid to third-party vendors of the awardees choosing for purchases that make...

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The only Medal of Honor Recipient to ever give his Medal back has died

By: Adam Linehan, on January 24, 2017, T&P on Facebook   Last week, former Army Chaplain Charlie Liteky passed away at the age of 85, leaving behind a controversial legacy of anti-war activism, despite being a war hero himself. Charlie Liteky, a former Army chaplain and the only known recipient of the Medal of Honor to have ever returned the medal in a demonstration of political dissent, died on Jan. 20 in San Francisco several weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 85. Having first gained national attention as a war hero credited with saving the lives of more than 20 wounded men during a fierce battle in South Vietnam, Liteky’s unlikely transformation into a peace activist and vociferous opponent of the Reagan administration’s policies in Central America made him a polarizing figure, especially among his fellow veterans. But if there’s one thing both his supporters and critics could agree upon, or at least not deny, it was that he was an extraordinarily brave man. “When I look at Liteky, I have respect for the courage of his views,” Paul Bucha, a medal recipient and a past president of the Medal of Honor Society, told SFGate in 2000. “It’s difficult to be an iconoclast. It’s much easier to go along. Men like Liteky are people who should force us to pause and think, they should not be ostracized and...

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